As I use my various electronic devices I often wonder:
this been hacked? I know I could run rootkit and virus
detection software, but that takes too long and it doesn't
really answer the question at hand. What if I don't have
virus but I've been hacked anyway? I end up relying
Instead of guessing, there is a sure way to find out.
1) Leave a plain text document lying in a fortified area
of your device containing private key to a bitcoin wallet.
2) On another computer monitor bitcoin blockchain to
detect transactions on that wallet's address. This
monitoring is automated every 30 seconds.
3) If a transaction is detected it means someone
successfully hacked into your device and stole your
wallet. You get alerted by either an email, text
message, robo-call, or a big red flashing light with a
Of course the wallet should contain sufficient bitcoins to
be tempting. For example, if someone was hacking you
send spam, they will probably go for the $5 wallet. On
other hand if their intention was to steal your identity to
commit fraud, they might need to see $100 wallet for
them to risk immediate detection. A top secret
government server may want to consider a $1,000,000
wallet in order to persuade foreign spies that they are
better off grabbing the wallet and running than to keep
rummaging through some secrets.
You might think: what's stopping the criminal stealing
wallet now, get what they want, and cash in the wallet
months later when they are long gone? To combat this,
wallet has to be updated periodically with a fresh one.
The more frequently the better. The old one is emptied
and the new one is filled. That will give the criminal
urgency to cash it right away. Also, the wallet is not
sitting on the device unprotected, all sorts of processes
checking suspicious activity. The criminal has to take
into consideration too. If they even get close to the
(let's say they read contents of a specific booby trapped
file) an alarm is triggered. They better hurry and cash it
before the owner empties the wallet first.